Sheriff’s deputies and officers volunteered to trade working the streets, jails and other duties to take 40 children on a shopping spree at Target on Dec. 14.
The fifth annual Hamilton County Sheriff’s office Shop for Kids was organized to help underprivileged kids have a merrier Christmas this year.
Deputy Todd Green, one of the founders and lead organizers for the event, said this is just one more way the Sheriff’s office can give back to the community.
Sheriff Mark Bowen said, “Throughout the year, the Sheriff’s office comes into contact with many families who are down on their luck or simply experiencing a tough time. Even though Hamilton County is regarded as an affluent county, there are still many families who need a little extra help, especially around Christmas time.”
Each child was treated to a ride in a police car to the Target where they then had $100 to spend on clothes, toys and presents for their families. Target also pitched in so the kids could have a special treat at the snack bar after a hard morning of shopping. Not only does the day provide financial assistance for the families, it also promotes positive interaction between citizens and the Sheriff’s office, the Sheriff’s office said in a news release.
For many kids, a highlight of the day is riding in a police car.
The Sheriff’s office takes donations throughout the year to help offset the expenses associated with the program. Good Samaritan and other organizations help identify participants from around the entire county for assistance.